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November 2017 Archives

How would merit-based immigration work?

President Donald Trump recently suggested a switch from the well-known diversity visa lottery program and the current family-based scheme to a "merit-based" system. Potential immigrants and those without in-depth knowledge of our immigration laws aren't sure what this entails.

The changes in immigration law keep coming

It may seem to those here in New Orleans that longstanding protections for people who are not yet U.S. citizens change weekly. That may not be far from the truth. The latest immigration law under scrutiny by the federal government concerns those protected by the Temporary Protected Status program that has been in place for some time.

Renewing H-IB work visas just got more complex

In the last 10 years or so, millions of people from other countries have received the opportunity to work in the United States, and many of them may reside here in New Orleans. Approximately 2.5 million of them did so by obtaining H-1B work visas. These visas last for approximately three years with a total of six years of potential extensions.

EB-5 investors sue USCIS for intentional processing delays

A group of foreign investors who have put substantial money into a solar energy plant were expecting to receive EB-5 investor visas in exchange. After more than two years, the first step toward those visas has yet to be approved. They have filed suit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, accusing the agency of dragging its feet when it has a duty to approve such projects in a timely fashion.